One of the strategies resulting from the Translink Regional Cycling Strategy Stakeholder Workshop Summary held April 6, 2009, was to “make bicycle-transit interaction convenient, seamless and intuitive.” Good strategy, but what is being done to realize it?
I don’t mind carrying my bike up and down stairs or using the elevator, but if there is a more convenient way, I support it! Seamless, well that is a worthy goal! Wouldn’t it be cool to ride your bike right onto the train? I admit that’s overkill, but seamless … I like the sound of that.
Intuitive … hmmm … I intuit riding to the station, dismounting, following the bicycle symbols down a ramp to the platform and boarding the car that is marked with bicycle symbols, where I hang my front wheel from a hook where a dozen or so other bikes are hanging. I then join fellow cyclists seated at the front of the car to chat about the freedom from the stress, cost, and general lack of well-being (for the earth and its beings) generated when commuting by car.
Results do not always align with strategy. Some of the best laid plans reach unimagined destinations. This is reasonable and sometimes unavoidable. My question to TransLink is: what are you doing to implement your strategy?
Since the workshop mentioned earlier, I have witnessed two occurrences of the suspension of the policy of allowing bikes on trains. One was the closure of the Patullo Bridge, and the other was the Olympics. I understand and even support them both (personally I never considered going near a SkyTrain station during the Olympics, and the bridge was an unplanned emergency. Ideal or not, some decisions must be made hastily).
(Note: If accused of misdirecting my question, I confess my guilt. In my defence, I have posed it on three occasions through the Regional Cycling Strategy Public Consultation page, once on January 20, 2010 and twice since.)
On April 6, 2009, TransLink established a forward-thinking strategy to welcome a form of supplemental transportation that has so much to offer. It is now the anniversary of that occasion, and whether the Patullo Bridge closure and the Olympics were valid reasons to suspend that welcome, my unchanged question is: what is being done to transform the “strategy” into reality?